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Mayor: agreement actually saved city dollars

In contrast to a comment made after last week’s Monticello city council meeting, Mayor Larry Stoner said the city actually saved money by approving a separation agreement with former City Administrator Bob Mahrt on Feb. 13.


Mayor: agreement actually saved city dollars

In contrast to a comment made after last week’s Monticello city council meeting, Mayor Larry Stoner said the city actually saved money by approving a separation agreement with former City Administrator Bob Mahrt on Feb. 13.


Piatt County spellers advance to regional bee

A pair of Piatt County eighth graders who barely missed advancing out of last year's Piatt County Spelling Bee made sure that did not happen this year.

Riley Combes, a Monticello Middle School eighth grader, took on 24 others and came out on top in this year's bee, held Feb. 16 at the middle school.


Couple donate to Allerton Park

Allerton Park & Retreat Center has announced that Mark and Chris Golden, of Chillicothe, IL, have made a six-figure gift utilizing two different “lifetime income gift” methods through the U of I Foundation. The couple also established the Christine L. (’75) and Mark Q.


Bement applies for state loan

If the Bement school district gets access to no- or low-interest state borrowing, it could soon undertake maintenance projects with an eye toward increasing energy efficiency at its buildings.


Sunday liquor sales changed

Aldermen approved additional hours for Sunday alcohol sales in Monticello. A request had been made by Monarch Brewing Co. to move the start of Sunday sales back two hours to 10 a.m.


Treasurer touts state programs in trip to Monticello

Former State Senator Michael Frerichs became familiar with Illinois’ unclaimed property program as soon as he became the state treasurer just over two years ago.

And in a personal way.


Sixth graders learn about smart grids

Monticello Middle School students used a smart grid interactive display last week to learn about energy resources, electricity production and distribution, and what kind of power typical household items draw.


Council approves separation agreement

The City of Monticello will use interim personnel to fill city administrator and treasurer openings until at least after the April 4 election. That was the consensus of the city council Monday, which officially approved a separation agreement with Bob Mahrt, the city administrator who resigned in January after just 10 months on the job.


Celebrating 70 years

Dwight Blythe has the secret to making a marriage last, and he’s willing to share it with anyone who will listen.

“I always have the last word,” he said, “and it’s ‘yes, dear.’”


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